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Jane Vachon (603) 271-3211
August 22, 2011

Public Archery Ranges Available at Bear Brook State Park and Owl Brook Hunter Education Center

CONCORD, N.H. -- Bowhunters warming up for the September 15 deer and turkey archery season opener can practice their shooting skills at two N.H. Fish and Game Department facilities: a newly renovated woodland archery range at Bear Brook State Park and archery ranges at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness.

New target at Bear Brook
Above, one of 14 new targets installed at the archery course at Bear Brook State Park, an effort coordinated by Eagle Scout candidate James Kirk, pictured below with the deteriorating bale-type targets previously at the range.
James Kirk with old targets that have been replaced at Bear Brook

The archery range at Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown has been outfitted with fourteen specially designed new archery targets that were funded, built and installed this summer through a volunteer effort coordinated by 17-year-old Eagle Scout candidate James Kirk of Hampstead, N.H. (James is still in the process of raising money to ensure future maintenance of the range; if you can help, please contact him at Jr.redneck@myfairpoint.net.)  In addition to the woodland course, Bear Brook has a 4-target practice range that is universally accessible.  The Bear Brook archery facilities are managed by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and are open to the public. For more information on day use at Bear Brook State Park (www.nhstateparks.org/explore/state-parks/bear-brook-state-park.aspx), call 603-485-9874.

Another practice opportunity for New Hampshire archers is Fish and Game's archery range and course at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness. Owl Brook offers a woodland archery course with 14 game targets placed in a variety of challenging situations at varying angles and distances.  The first target is wheelchair accessible with signed parking nearby.  The course is free and open daily from dawn to dusk unless otherwise posted.  Broadheads are not allowed for safety and maintenance reasons.  Owl Brook also offers a 4-target archery practice range that is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. For directions, visit www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunter_ed_center.htm.

Fish andGame's archery ranges are maintained by its Hunter Education Program, which is funded by Federal Aid in WildlifeRestoration, a user-pay,user-benefit programsupported by an excise tax on firearms, ammunition and archery equipment. Learn more at www.wildnh.com/SFWR_program/sfwr_program.htm.

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